Bali Pass Trek From Dehradun
Bali Pass is a beautiful trek in the Uttarakhand region and one of the only trek that offers breathtaking views of peaks like Bandarpooch, Kalanag and Swaragarohini from a close distance.
- Dehradun to Dehradun transportation included.
- Visit the Jaunsari villages with pretty wooden houses.
- Lush Green meadow of Dev Thatch. Picturesque Ruinsara Lake.
- Wonderful views of Kala Nag, Swargarohini & Banderpoonch and other Himalayan peaks.
- Visit the sacred Yamunotri Temple.
- Crossing the high altitude Bali Pass.
Why Choose This?
- No Hidden Charges: All inclusive price with no hassle of paying on multiple occasions during the trip.
- Fixed Departures: All available dates on the calendar are bookable.
- Low Batch Requirement: Guaranteed departure for even a 2-member group.
- Small Convenient Batch size: The convenience of a small batch size for best service quality. Maximum of 12 members per group.
- Road Transportation: All road transportation after the reporting point is included in the cost. Trekking group travels together comfortably.
- Tented Accommodation: 2 people per tent throughout the trek. We use tents from international brand Vango Halo 300, weather tested beyond the European standard EN5912.
Bali Pass was an old trekking route from the tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract trekkers during the season when the snow melts and the pass are approachable from both sides. The pass is more approachable from the Har Ki Dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude.
The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. It also gives you an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple. The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience of camping above 4000 m.The area is surrounded by the Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are Kalanag, Banderpoonch west and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940s. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer's delight.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) | 210 km - 7 hrs drive
The drive from Dehradoon to Sankri passes through the town of Mussoorie and the villages of Nainbagh, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. We enter the forest (Govind National Park) after Netwar and the final 20 km are through the forest. The drive to Sankri is very beautiful, past pine and deodar forest. Overnight in guest houses in Sankri.
Day 2: Sankri (1920 m) to Seema (2560 m)via Taluka (1800 m) | 12 km - 4 hrs trek
There is a motorable road connecting Sankri to Taluka but the walk through the forest is also delightful. However, the path is a bit tricky and you may face blocks. Taluka is a small village with some shops, dhabas and a GMVN hotel. We cross taluka and continue along the left of the river. It is a lovely walk passing through forests, apple orchards and fields. There are many small tea shops on the way. The town of Seema has many dhabas and a GMVN hotel. We will camp alongside the river or on the open grounds near the village.
Day 3: Seema (2560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall Camp (2900 m) | 4 km - 4 hrs trek
Continue along the true right of the valley along the tons river. The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the tons and Ruinsara gad. After crossing the meadow of Devsu Bugyal we reach Roiltia. With the village of Osla & Puoni in front and the waterfall nearby this is a perfect place to camp at night.
Day 4: Roiltia to Ruinsara Lake (3350 m) | 9 km - 5 hrs trek
We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. The walk through the forests is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387 m) visible straight ahead in the valley. Overnight in camps near the lake.
Day 5: Rest Day At Ruinsara
Today we rest near the lake and spent the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help us to acclimatize before the next day's climb to the pass. We reach Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Kalanag expedition and Dumdar Kandi pass. By evening we are back at the camp.
Day 6: Ruinsara Lake to Godari (4100 m) | 4 km - 5 hrs trek
We start the day early so as to reach before afternoon. We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is one of the best locations for a camp in the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.
Day 7: Godari (4100 m) to Upper Dhamni (400 m) via Bali Pass (4800 m) | 15 km - 7 to 8 hrs trek
We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge. A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8 am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Panchachuli peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.
Day 8: Upper Dhamni (4000 m) to Hanumanchatti (2400 m)
We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Hanuman Chatti. Overnight in guesthouses in Yamunotri or in Hanuman Chatti.
Day 9: Hanumanchatti to Dehradun | 180 km (7 hrs)
This is the final day of the trip, after breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun.
- Transportation as per the itinerary in shared vehicle
- Transportation from Dehradun and back
- Service of experienced mountain guide & helper staff
- Camping arrangement (tent, sleeping bag, camping mattress, camping stools, mess tent, toilet tent and First Aid)
- Tented accommodation during the trek - Twin sharing
- Accommodation in guesthouse on day-8
- All meals (from dinner on day-1 to breakfast on day-9)
- Porter/Mule for carrying camping equipment & ration
- All permits and forest fees
- Insurance of any kind
- Porterage for personal luggage
- Meals during road journey
- Anything not specified in inclusions
Trekking days: 7 days
Trek grade: Moderate
Total Distance: 99 km
Maximum altitude: 4800 m - Bali Pass
Weather: The pass and the nights can be cold, day temperatures are pleasant during the season
Essentials to carry
- Waterproof rucksack
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- One raincoat/poncho
- Windproof jacket
- Thermal inner wear
- 2-3 T-shirt/Shirt
- 2 Trouser/Jeans
- Trekking pole
- Woollen gloves
- UV sunglasses
- Warm fleece jacket
- Woolen cap (optional)
- 2- pair woollen socks
- 3 pair of cotton socks
- Water bottle/hydration pack
- Camera (extra batteries)
- Photo ID card
- 1 pair floppers/slippers
- Personal medical kit
- Personal toiletries
- 75% refund if cancelled before 15 days
- 50% refund if cancelled before 7 days
- No refund after that
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We keep our groups small for better over all experience. Typically our group size is between 6 to 10 trekkers. On few long weekends and holidays could see a group size of upto 15.
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We serve delicious Indian vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
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Yes all published dates are final and departures are guaranteed. Even if that its just you, we will proceed with the trek.
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Toilet tents are set-up at the campsites. These are dry-pit temporary toilets and most hygienic as well as convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild.
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You will receive good network up to the towns of Mussoorie, Rishikesh. Beyond these network is intermittent and quite weak. Please inform anxious family members in advance that you will be out of coverage area during this trek. There will be no electric charging points anywhere on the trek.
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Ideally trekking shoes/boots with ankle support are needed for any trek in the Himalayan region. Quechua shoes available at Decathlon are a value for money option.
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Our tented accommodation is provided at twin sharing basis. The tents that we provide are best in class and are professional grade. You can read more about it here: http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/blog/15_vango-halo-300-technical-trekking-tent.html
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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point:
Dehradun Railway Station
₹ 19550 Per Person